Hitman: Blood Money

 
Killer stealth action that's only for adults.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The hero is a hitman. Police can be bribed.

Violence

Lots of graphic murder. Shootings, stabbings, and explosives are just the beginning. Lots of creative killing with an assortment of weapons, from barbells to garroting wire.

Sex

Women are often presented in bikinis or other partial dress. Sexually suggestive situations, innuendo, and pornography figure into the plot.

Language

Rarely excessive, but players will hear swearing ("f--k") and racial name-calling ("cracker").

Consumerism

Part of a series.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking and smoking figure into the background in many levels. The narrative sometimes includes drug references.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game puts players in control of a hit man in a seedy world occupied by drug dealers, prostitutes, murderers, pornographers, mobsters, etc. The name of the game is murder, including lots of violence, such as shootings, strangulations, and immolations. The game does encourage players to spare innocents and keep the mayhem low. Still, the game features plenty of other adult material, including swearing, sexual themes, drinking and drug use, and story elements like child prostitution.

What's it about?

In HITMAN: BLOOD MONEY, fourth installment in the Hitman series, players again assume the role of a cloned human named 47, an amoral gun-for-hire. Not only is he the hunter, but he's also the hunted, and players follow his adventures through a twisting plot filled with black humor as they discover who wants 47 dead. Across a dozen missions, players kill for money, stalking their prey through a variety of settings, from a Paris opera house to casinos in Las Vegas. The game is best enjoyed as a series of stealth puzzles: The highest achievements come to players who set up their kills to look like accidents, minimizing casualties and staying under the radar of the authorities.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Mature players will find HITMAN: BLOOD MONEY to be a smart, consistently satisfying puzzler in action-game form. The excellence of the game lies in the level design. Each mission takes place in large environments populated by scores of characters, with multiple paths to the objective. The downside of this style of gameplay is that some levels take a lot of trial-and-error replaying.

The appeal of Blood Money rests on proven stealth dynamics and a solid, cinematic presentation. This is a prize pick for adult fans of the genre who don't mind the gritty subject matter.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the game's adult themes. Why do you think people like to play games that are so violent? Are violent games always bad for people, or can they be a safe fantasy? Parents: You might want to prepare yourself first by reading our report Violent Video Games and Our Kids.

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 2
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Eidos Interactive
Release date:July 10, 2006
Genre:Third-person shooter
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Strong Language, Use of Drugs, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Intense Violence (PlayStation 2, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 17 years old Written bySnakeFart August 3, 2012
age 18+
 

Still good for mature games

Hitman has always been a great thinking game, ignore the idiot above relating it to the movie, the movie was crap. while this game IS NOT FOR KIDS it is still great for mature gamers. while there is no gore there is still much blood. in the first level you enter a building where a man is about to set an innocent lawyer to fire unless you kill him (with the option of killing the lawyer too)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byTheOneThatKnows March 3, 2014
age 12+
 
This game is very good and I recommend it. It has no stupid content in it like GTA 5 or saints row 3. You can turn of graphic content.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Adult Written byAndy P April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

Can be a very fun and cinematic experience, if you can handle the content.

If you're a fan of the series, the latest installment won't disappoint. While you can, as always, run through the mission and kill everyone in your path, the game will reward you for remaining incognito to eliminate the target. You can accomplish this by knocking an NPC out and hiding the body, stealing disguises to gain access to different areas, and making the hit look like an accident. New to the series is a notoriety system. The more evidence and witnesses you leave behind, the easier it will be for guards to detect you in future levels. Also new to the series is a reward and weapon upgrade system. While the bulk of the money you make is for simply completing the assignment, you will earn extra for finishing the mission quietly. The money can be used to purchase upgrades for your five standard weapons (Silverballers, MP5, M4, SP12 Shotgun, and W2000 Sniper). The game's graphics aren't bad, but if you have the PC version (and a high-end PC), you can change the graphics settings to look superb. The only negative thing you could is that the Artificial Intelligence isn't very smart, and some of the animations are broken.

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